5 money traps couples fall into when buying their first property

Property decisions are long-term, and what you decide at the very start can lock you in for a very long time. -MoneySmart

Land agency opens evening service

The change was made to cope with mounting paperwork. -Jakarta Post/ANN

Thai transfer pricing on the verge of new era

New policy aimed at preventing the erosion of the tax base in Thailand. -The Nation/ANN

Indonesia government spending may keep economic growth intact

The accelerated state budget disbursement would remedy investors' jitters. -Jakarta Post/ANN

New HDB flats not as pricey as some think

The issue of pricey new flats has been a rising concern in recent years. -My Paper

Foreign property launches edge down this year

Australia still popular, with unusual locations seeing some interest. -ST

Market cap of listed firms close to $1 trillion

Total value up in April for 5th month running, with STI at a 7-year high. -ST

Preservation groups, activists raise concerns

Wildlife preservation groups and animal activists are dismayed at news that a Batam property developer wants to build homes around a lagoon filled with captive dolphins. -ST

Living with dolphins

Indonesian developer says villas built in lagoon with these mammals are capturing interest of S'poreans. -ST

Investors brace for poor GDP report from Indonesia

With Indonesia's growth numbers in the spotlight this week, doubts are growing over President Joko Widodo's ability to stimulate the economy as the country faces the prospect of a severe slowdown. -CNBC

Bishan flat sells for $1.05m

The million-dollar flat at Block 192, Bishan Street 13 was sold earlier this month, data from the HDB showed. -My Paper

CPF Board recovers $378.2 million in CPF arrears

The CPF arrears recovered were from underpayment, non-payment and late payment of CPF contributions by employers. -AsiaOne

Singapore posts largest decline in financial literacy across Asia Pacific

Singapore was previously ranked second in the region, sliding four index points to score 68 index points in financial literacy. -AsiaOne

S'pore may fall behind without job, skills boost

Singapore, which has been praised for its exceptional economic performance over the past few decades, should take the lead in certain areas. -My Paper

Dance studio start-up first to offer Autism Movement Therapy in Singapore

"We are young and still rather new to all this. Although we are both trained dancers and educators, we still ask each other questions like, 'Am I a good boss? I'm still too young to be a boss'. " -AsiaOne